Excel can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing

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In most cases After Installing MS Office, when you start ecxel or Word or outlook you will get The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing.

The problem is that the KB2999226 (Universal CRT) which is part of the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 failed to install.

First I suggest you install all updates for Windows.

Then you can download the Visual C++ Redistributable:

For Windows 64-bit
Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 (64-bit)
For Windows 32-bit
Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 (32-bit)

Run the vcredist_x64.exe (64-bit) or vcredist_x86.exe (32-bit) and select Uninstall Run the .exe again and select Install

Now check if it works for you.